Restoring Communities: Revisiting the Concept of Land Ownership

Current models of land ownership have widespread implications for the ecological and economic health of communities. The concept of leasehold ownership is a promising adjustment to property rights philosophy, aiming to keep wealth and prosperity from leaving the communities in which they originate.

Private land ownership might be here to stay, but can the monetary value of land be shared with the surrounding community? Reversing a system that incentivizes the depletion of local resources could bring about a more prosperous and equitable future.
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